Adjunct Professor, Department of Math and Statistics, York University

Invited Professor, Institut national de la recherché scientifique (INRs), University of Quebec

Member of Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) and American Meteorological Society (AMS)


Ph.D. Physics, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1995

Climate Research Branch Equinox Award (2005)

Citation of Excellence for Teamwork, Partnering and Collaboration, Environment Canada (2008)


Xuebin Zhang

Research Scientist - Theme Lead, Climate Change Detection and Analysis


Activities that contribute to the understanding of the state, trends, variability and extremes of climate at both global and regional scales

  • Climate change detection and attribution at global and regional scales
  • Methodological development for the analysis of extremes in the changing climate
  • Lead development of climate change indices
  • Participation in international climate programs, such as the development of the North American Climate Extremes Monitor with Canada/US/Mexico


Member of the joint WMO CCl/CLIVAR/JCOMM Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices, the Steering Committee for the International Meetings on Statistical Climatology, and the International ad-hoc Detection and Attribution Group

Conference Workshop and session organization, including the 10th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology (Beijing 2007, co-chair) and the Symposium on Extreme Climate Events (IUGG 2007 Perugia, co-convener; IAMAS 2005 Beijing, convener)

Co-Supervisor of two Ph.D. students at the Department of Math and Statistics, York University, two M.Sc. students and one Ph.D. student at the INRs, University of Quebec, and Supervisor of four Post Doctoral Fellows


Min, S.-K., X. Zhang and F.W. Zwiers. 2008. Human induced Arctic moistening. Science. 320:518-520. DOI: 10.1126/science.1153468

Zhang, X., F.W. Zwiers, G.C. Hegerl, F.H. Lambert, N.P. Gillett, S. Solomon, P. Stott and T. Nozawa. 2007. Detection of human influence on 20th century precipitation trends. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature06025

Wang, J. and X. Zhang. 2007. Downscaling and projection of the winter extreme daily precipitation over North America. J. Climate. 21:923-937.

Zhang, X., F.W. Zwiers and P. Stott. 2006. Multi-model multi-signal climate change detection at regional scale. J. Climate. 19:4294-4307.

Alexander, L.V., X. Zhang, T.C. Peterson, J. Caesar, B. Gleason, A. Klein Tank, M. Haylock, D. Collins, B. Trewin, F. Rahimzadeh, A. Tagipour, P. Ambenje. K. Rupa Kumar, J. Revadekar, G. Griffiths, L. Vincent, D. Stephenson, J. Burn, E. Aguilar, M. Brunet, M. Taylor, M. New, P. Zhai, M. Rusticucci and J. L. Vazquez-Aguirre. 2006. Global observed changes in daily climate extremes of temperature and precipitation. J.G.R.-Atmosphere. 111:D05109, doi:10.1029/2005JD006290.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Climate Change and Processes
          Trends and variability